Claims Hillsborough witness evidence was ‘falsified’ by SYP officers under investigation

Allegations that South Yorkshire Police officers ‘falsified’ witness evidence about the Hillsborough disaster are under investigation.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has announced it is investigating a complaint from a group of Liverpool supporters which contains ‘several allegations’ about police officers falsifying evidence in the aftermath of the disaster.

Rachel Cerfontyne, deputy chair of the IPCC said: “We are pursuing several lines of enquiry related to this complaint, including alleged falsified reports of injuries sustained to a police horse near the Leppings Lane turnstiles

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Police watchdog chief wants to see Norman Bettison’s Hillsborough book

The police watchdog investigating the Hillsborough disaster has requested a copy of a book about the disaster written by former Merseyside chief constable Sir Norman Bettison.

Sir Norman, who was a South Yorkshire Police officer at the time of the tragedy in which 96 Liverpool FC fans were killed, is set to publish Hillsborough Untold, about his role in the disaster on April 15 1989 and its aftermath.

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IPCC to assess Sir Norman Bettison’s Hillsborough book

A book by a former chief inspector about his involvement in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster will be assessed by the police watchdog and prosecutors.

In Sir Norman Bettison’s book, Hillsborough Untold, he claims he was “unfairly scapegoated” during his time as a South Yorkshire Police officer.

Publishers said they hoped the contents would help “add to the narrative”.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will “consider” any impact it has on its criminal inquiry.

The IPCC has requested a copy of the book, which will be released in November.

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4 Responses to Claims Hillsborough witness evidence was ‘falsified’ by SYP officers under investigation

  1. Tony Farrell says:

    The Inside Out Analysis of Hillsborough!
    Witnessing Walter – The Ongoing Protection of former ACC Walter Jackson

  2. Wanting Justice says:

    The IPCC are all ex police, therefore not interested in complaints regarding police, they just ignore public concerns. This is jobs for the boys after they finish in the Police force. It’s time a proper group of people were given the very nice jobs to properly investigate police crimes. Under FOI/Data Protection I wonder how many employed under IPCC are just regular public and how many are ex Police. How many at top are ex Police>

    • reg reader says:

      Before you submit your Freedom of Information request, read what is written in the “Our team” section of the IPCC website :

      Note in particular:
      The Commission is the governing board of the IPCC. It holds collective responsibility for governance of the Commission including oversight of the executive. As public office holders, commissioners are responsible for the promotion of public confidence in the complaints system. They also oversee some IPCC investigations.

      Those commissioners with force responsibilities act under the delegated authority of the commission in making decisions on some individual cases.

      All appointments, which are full time and non-executive, were made through an open competition. By law, no member of the Commission may have served as a police officer.”

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